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9 Tips to Extend Surface Pro Battery Life When No Outlet to Charge

On Surface Pro 3, if only for web browsing or PDF, the battery life nearly can extend to 9 hours. Is this real? Most of the people are in doubt. I often take my Surface Pro 3 on travel and on a business trip, on the road of trip, I take it out to kill time, but I found the power consume so quickly that only for about three hours.

How to extend my Surface Pro battery life when no outlet to charge? Here are several tips for you to refer, you can adjust your Surface according to your need, to save power and extend the battery life.

Guide Steps
Tips 1: Decrease Screen Brightness
Tips 2: Turn off the Wi-Fi if you do not need
Tips 3: Turn off the Bluetooth if do not use
Tips 4: Close Unnecessary Programs
Tips 5: Unplug the External Device
Tips 6: Turn on the Airplane mode if on a plane
Tips 7: Select Power Saver Mode
Tips 8: Choose when to turn off the display
Tips 9: Reduce Operating Temperature

Tips 1: Decrease Screen Brightness

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of screen on your Surface, select "Settings" on the Charms bar, tap on "Screen", and then move the slider down to reduce the screen brightness.

slider down to reduce brightness 

Step 2: Or tap on the Battery icon on the bottom right corner, select "Adjust screen brightness", on the bottom, move the slider left to decrease brightness.

tap on battery icon

Step 3: On the Power options screen bottom, move the slider left to decrease brightness.

slider left to decrease brightness

Tips 2: Turn off the Wi-Fi if you do not need

Step 1: Tap on "Settings", and then tap on the Wi-Fi network name.

tap on wifi name

Step 2: Turn off the WLAN.

turn off wlan

Tips 3: Turn off the Bluetooth if do not use

Step 1: Tap on "Settings", select "Change PC settings", and then select "PC and device".

select pc and device

Step 2: Tap on "Bluetooth", and then turn off the Bluetooth on the right.

turn off bluetooth

Tips 4: Close Unnecessary Programs

Step 1: Swipe in from the left screen on your Surface, tap on "Search".

tap on search

Step 2: Type in "task manager", and then tap on "Task Manager".

search task manager

Step 3: Select the Apps that are not in use, and tap on the "End task" button.

end task

Tips 5: Unplug the External Device

Unplug the external device such as USB drive that will consume power quickly on your surface.

unplug external device

Tips 6: Turn on the Airplane mode if on a plane

If you are on a plane, turn on the Airplane mode to save power for your Surface or Surface Pro.

Step 1: Tap on "Settings" on the Charms bar, tap "Change PC settings", and then select "Network".

tap on network

Step 2: Tap on "Airplane mode", and turn on the Airplane mode on the right.

turn on airplane mode

Tips 7: Select Power Saver Mode

Step 1: Swipe in from the left screen, tap on "Search", and type in "control panel" on the search box, tap on "Control Panel".

search control panel 

Step 2: Select "Programs" on Control Panel screen.

tap on programs

Step 3: On the "Programs and Features", select "Turn Windows features on or off".

tap turn windows features on or off

Step 4: Select the "Hyper-V" option, and click on "Ok". And then restart your Surface.

select hyper-v

Step 5: Go to the power settings: Control Panel >> Hardware and Sound >> Power Options >> and then select "Power saver" option.

select power saver

Tips 8: Choose when to turn off the display

Step 1: Go to the Power settings: Control Panel >> Hardware and Sound >> Power Options >> Tap on "Choose when to turn off the display" on the right.

choose when to turn off display 

Step 2: And then select the time when to turn off the display, 5 minutes or less that depends on your need.

select display time

Note: If the "Hyper-V" option is not enabled, the "Choose when to turn off the display" option may not be found.

Tips 9: Reduce Operating Temperature

It is highly recommended that the Surface works on the temperature between 0℃ and 35℃ (32°F and 95°F). The Lithium-ion battery on your Surface is sensitive to high and low temperature, and it would lose power faster when not on the recommended temperature range. The methods above work well on my Surface Pro 3, I think they can also work on the Surface RT, Surface2, Surface 3, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 2. You may also be annoyed with the problem that the power on your Phone is not enough to use, especially on a trip. Refer to the article: How to save power for your Android Phone. This may help you.

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